Depending on your platform and budget, the following are some of the options recommended for producing screen recordings for your course.

Active Presenter

Very capable screen recording and editing software for either Mac or PC. Free version available for personal and non-commercial use.


Popular and powerful screen recording software for either Mac or PC.


Popular and powerful screen recording software for the Mac only.

Other Alternatives


While primarily intended for web conferencing, Zoom can be used to create basic screen recordings by recording a meeting while sharing your screen. For further details, please refer to our page about Zoom for instructors.


Simple screen recording software with limited features. Free version includes a watermark in the recordings. Pro version available.

Microsoft Story Remix

Avaliable for Windows 10.

Windows Movie Maker

If you are on an older version of Windows, Windows Movie Maker allows you to record and edit video with some basic features.


Basic video editing application included with the Mac OS.

Quicktime Player

Included in the Mac OS, Quicktime player allows you to make screen recordings and apply minor edits.